Today I received a letter to Dr. Casscells, who is the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), which was sent to Dr. Casscells from Congressman Darrell E. Issa. You will find this letter in the documents section of my blog.
Congressman Issa's letter was endorsed by the following Congressmen and Congresswomen:
Mr. Bob Filner (CA - 51st District) Mr. Chris Smith (NJ - 4th District) Co-Chair, Coalition on Autism Research and Education Mr. Mike Doyle (PA - 14th District) Co-Chair, Coalition on Autism Research and Education Mr. Dan Burton (IN - 5th District) Ms. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL - 18th District) Mr. Jim Moran (VA - 8th District) Ms. Grace F. Napolitano (CA - 38th District) Mr. Brian P. Bilbray (CA - 50th District) Mr. Mike Rogers (AL - 3rd District) Mr. Chip Pickering (MS - 3rd District)
Autism Salutes these Congressmen and Congresswomen for their strong actions supporting medically necessary treatment for children with autism and necessary TRICARE policy reforms urgently needed to deliver medically prescribed treatment for our children with autism.
1. Autism Votes!
2. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 gives the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates; complete latitude to make these continually endorsed (national autism organizations and now congressional leaders) and parent supported changes to both TRICARE'S Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) Program and the Department of Defense Enhanced Access To Autism Services Demonstration Project (Demo).
Oh... alright... Point Number Three!
These swift and strong actions wholly supported by the above mentioned Congressmen and Congresswomen will not only help all children now; these actions will offset the future cost of caring for future adult children with autism (which will run into the trillions) because therapy (ABA and others) will help them recover! And recovering children with autism; they most certainly will, can, and do!